I was very young when my granduncle died. He bequeathed me a collection of very ancient and precious volumes about the French Revolution, but I remember really few things about him. My mother remembered that he had been far away from home for many years during wartime, but she didn't know where he was exactly. She could only remember that my grandmother one day heard someone knocking at the door, she opened and there was a young but very thin man in front of her. She asked, "Can I help you?" and the young man answered "It's me Lina. I'm your husband's brother, Dario, back from Africa".
That's all what I knew until some years ago. What did it mean? Nobody asked further, because he preferred to forget, and everyone in my family knew that. And everyone forgot....until when I grew up enough to understand and ask.
Only three words.....BACK FROM AFRICA
- International Red Cross of Geneva
- Vatican Secret Archives
- National Italian Archives of Vercelli
- Zonderwater Museum and Archive in South Africa
(photos are private, but the first one, showing the former Zonderwater camp, was kindly granted
Dr. Anna Maria Priora Ph.D
WW2 Monte Cassino Battlefield expert, researcher and tour guide